Renewable Energy Report: February 2010 Newsletter

The Renewable Energy Newsletter provides information and analysis from agricultural economists and others on current issues facing the emerging renewable energy industry.

This article focuses on alternatives for controlling greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of emission offsets on the agriculture sector.

Since 1990 under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has required the use of reformulated gasoline blends during April through September in major metropolitan cities.

Cap and trade sets carbon emissions limits and then lets the marketplace determine the price of carbon.  Conversely, a carbon tax sets the price of carbon and lets the marketplace determine the level of emissions reduction.  This article discusses a unique way of implementing a carbon tax.

Links are provided to presentations given at a recent Webcast from Iowa State University Extension on climate change policy.